Here are key points about the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero.
Solid Overclock Design: The Crosshair VI Hero is a ROG product, so it should have the best overclocking features ASUS has to offer, but ASUS did a lot of things right on the motherboard. For a launch product, ASUS made the right move to add a clock generator for bus speed increases. Other manufacturers are coming out with motherboards with an extra clock generator, so right now this is one of your only options if you want to change the bus speed, but you might want to wait for AMD's BIOS improvements. I also believe that voltage read points, a POST code display, and an easy to reach clear CMOS button are important for Ryzen overclocking, and the Crosshair VI Hero has these features.
Tons of USB: The rear IO panel has 14 USB ports. Eight are USB 3.0, four are USB 2.0, and two USB 3.1. You also get a USB 3.0 internal header and a USB 3.1 internal header. Lovers of the universal serial bus standard will go nuts for this motherboard.
Aesthetics: ASUS's black/gray/gunmetal aesthetic design is really excellent for those who want to customize the look and feel of their build. While the motherboard looks great without lighting, the RGB LEDs and headers allow for classy lighting customization of your next rig.
Audio: ASUS added an external DAC to the ALC1220, an extra buffer, and added solid supporting hardware to improve upon the ALC1220. The final result is excellent motherboard audio.
Fan Control: ASUS is known for their fan control, and on the Crosshair VI Hero you get eight fan headers that can operate as either PWM or DC headers. You also get one header with 3A of output current capability. ASUS does have external temperature probe input headers, but the neat thing this round is that they added the ability to use two temperature sources to control your fans.
Pricey: While the motherboard is currently sold out, it costs $255, putting it at the top of the Ryzen motherboard price pole.
The ASUS Crosshair VI Hero is pretty much the benchmark motherboard at the moment. It has all the platform features people want, its overclocking features and overall performance are sound, and it has features that no one had thought of before launch. Adding in AM3+ mounting holes so that users could mount their own coolers and adding an external clock generator so the bus speed could be altered are features not many of us didn't think about before launch.
The motherboard's performance is also solid, and as the microcodes are updated the numbers will go up and down just like the other motherboards will.
The motherboard also looks awesome and has a very high-end feel to it. The RGB LEDs are integrated well, and there are multiple RGB headers to cut down the distance your LED strip's cable has to traverse.
Overall, the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero is an excellent all-around motherboard, which might cost a lot, but is worth it if you will use all its features.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: ASUS's latest Crosshair installment might be their best yet and is one of the best motherboards for your Ryzen CPU.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Crosshair VI Hero Overview]
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
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